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New emissions reduction pledges from Asia should focus squarely on an increased role for clean energy in the energy mix. A wind power project in Turpan, PRC.

Asia Clean Energy Forum, the energy trilemma, and the road to Paris

This year’s Asia Clean Energy Forum (comes at a critical time in the lead-up to the crucial COP21 in Paris. Asia’s energy sector has a very important part to play in these UNFCCC negotiations and in setting the world on a course to limit global warming, and avoid the most dangerous impacts of climate change.

Aiming Zhou

It’s time to talk about clean energy

The upcoming Asia Clean Energy Forum 2013 on June 25 to 28 at the ADB Headquarters is one of Asia’s premiere clean energy events. The event will bring together high level policy makers, the private sector, financial institutions, and civil society to discuss cutting-edge renewable energy and energy efficiency technologies and approaches that are changing the face of developing Asia. 

Aiming Zhou

A view of smog, haze in the city’s skyline in People’s Republic of China.

Pollute first, clean up later: Could we avoid this development model?

Resource depletion and environmental pollution are serious issues in developing Asia. This was well illustrated in January of this year when northern People’s Republic of China (PRC) suffered its worst air pollution on record. The level of pollution moved many to question the old development model of “pollute first, improve later”. 

Aiming Zhou